Growing up I loved watching the Superman TV shows and movies. I’ll be honest, it didn’t hurt that Christopher Reeve was so handsome. But after all these years I was quite shocked to find out the “S” on his chest didn’t actually stand for Superman. In the new movie “Man of Steel,” Superman reveals that where he comes from the “S” stands for hope. I thought that was so cool. What a great humbling twist to the Superman series. It got me thinking about what symbol in my life represents hope.
I instantly thought of our two daughters Lucy and Kennedy, who they would become, will they have children and so on. But I realized in an instant there was a bigger symbol of hope in my life - my Dad. He survived two tours in Vietnam, had a heart attack when he was 62, was diagnosed with heart disease and prostate cancer shortly after. Then 7 years ago doctors told us he had advanced lung disease and gave him 5 years to live. He was a very sick man.
What the doctors didn’t know was the HOPE that lied inside: HOPE that he would someday walk me down the aisle, HOPE that he would see his grandchildren born, HOPE that he would get to know them as they got a little older, HOPE that his body would be healed, HOPE of eternal life. My Dad had more HOPE than anyone I have ever known. It’s what kept him with us longer than most people expected. The Lord called My Dad home last November. We all miss him so very much but we know he is healed and smiling down on us. He is finally home.
Someone once told me, “With God there are no accidents every incident is intended to bring us closer with him.” So whatever life circumstances you find yourself in, you too can have this kind of hope.
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. Hebrews 6:19